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Introduction to Chinese

Two of the most persistent myths about languages are that the British do not need to learn foreign languages since everyone else speaks English, and that the only jobs for people with languages are teaching and translating. Both statements are false! The reality is that over 60% of British trade is with non-English-speaking countries and British businesses lose billions of pounds each year due to poor language skills. Skilled linguists have never been so much in demand! With more than 955 million speakers, Mandarin claims the top spot as the world’s most common language. International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language. China has become a huge market, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.

Chinese at KS3

Students will study beginner's Mandarin in either Y7 or Y8. The KS3 Mandarin course covers and introduction to pin yin and tones (spoken Mandarin) and character writing through the use of hanzi grids. Students will learn a range of topics which include: numbers, greetings, pets, family members, dates, personal descriptions, hobbies, sport and food. Alongside their academic studies, students will gain an insight into Chinese culture and celebrations such as Spring Festival and the traditions and tales around this event.

Chinese at KS4

Students opting to study GCSE Mandarin will study the Pearson Edexcel course. This course will develop students' ability to communicate confidently and coherently in speech and writing, deepen their knowledge about how language works and develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken. During the GCSE students will study the following themes:

  • Identity & Culture
  • Local Area, Holidays and Travel
  • School
  • Future Aspirations, Study and Work
  • International and Global Dimension

Chinese Curriculum Journey